Posted by: marymarthatours | January 30, 2010

Welcome To M&M Tours New Blog!

Welcome to the M&M Tours blog.  We hope our reminiscences, talk, and dreams about travel in the United Kingdom will spark memories of your own journeys there or peak your interest in traveling to this fascinating part of the world. 

Separately and together, sisters Martha and Mary have been visiting the UK since 1965 when Martha daringly toured England and Scotland on her own.  Mary’s first time there was in 1977, as a chaperone for a group of students visiting Germany and London.  Since those early days, we’ve both returned often, increasing our knowledge of the geography, people, history, and culture of the Island.  We’ve loved every visit.

Now we’re sharing that love of Britain by leading tours together that give others the opportunity to see, learn about, and delight in the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales.  Because we are both gardeners, our first trip together as “group leaders” was a tour of gardens in Southern and Central England in 2007.  What a fabulous bunch of travelers we had with us for that trip!  And we were so flattered when many of those first M&M travelers returned for our 2009 trip to Scotland’s gardens and castles. 

As these things happen, past travelers have told their friends about the great itineraries, relaxed style, moderate prices, and FUN that they had on their M&M tour.  For 2010, we’ve been asked to put together two tours.  One trip was requested by members of the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America.  It will concentrate on Herb Gardens in Southern England and the Cotswolds.  Our second trip in 2010 has been especially designed for dollhouse and miniature enthusiasts and will visit the north of England and the wonderful Birmingham Miniatura Show in October.

We’re also dreaming and planning for the future.  We’re already at work putting together a garden tour of Wales and the English Lake District for 2011.  And we’ve been asked to consider a future tour of Scotland and England that focuses on Religious History.  Someday we’d love to plan a tour for an American Pipe Band that would like to visit Scotland; that tour would certainly have to include a stop at the Braemar Highland Gathering to see and hear the fabulous massed pipes and drums.

If you have a group that would like to go to the UK, but don’t know how to plan, organize, or price the trip, or how to make the plane, hotel, and coach arrangements, let us help you.   We work with certified group travel agents to make all the pre-trip arrangements.  Then we accompany you on your tour, adding insights, history, and fun, and insuring a hassle-free travel experience.  If you’d like to join one of our up-coming tours or have a suggestion for a UK tour, please contact us.  We’d love to have you join us in Great Britain.



  1. This sounds like SO much fun!

    • Ellen, It is fun and you can travel with us vicariously any time you wish by watching our blog site. Enjoy, Martha (The Younger, M)

  2. What a wonderful introduction to M&M Tours. The descriptions are so appealing and enticing that they make me want to sign up for every trip! I know that anything Mary is involved with, in addition to being impeccably organized, will involve lots of laughter and learning. I suspect that Martha’s strengths and personality complement her delightful sister’s talents as a tour guide. Keep us on your email list.

    • Nancy, Thank you for your remarks. While Mary and I do have some different interests, we share many in common. And we are sisters who are best friends too. Stay tuned to our blogs. This site is a great way to travel in your desk chair. And I do hope you can join us on one of our tours some day, even more fun than the desk chair route. Cheers, Martha
      P.S. Did we met at Mary’s garden birthday party? – it rained and we ate indoors.

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